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This is the official blog for the NWA Center for Sexual Assault. Here you can access all things sexual violence awareness, prevention, education, and self-care. Being here is the first step in creating a community of knowledge seekers, activists, allies, and survivors. We will be posting blogs every week, and for special events, we may post extra, so make sure to sign up for updates or check back weekly.
This blog discusses what pronouns are and the importance of using the correct pronouns for people.
Self-love is not simply a state of feeling good. It is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, ...
Codependent relationships show a degree of unhealthy clinginess, where one person doesn’t have self-sufficiency or autonomy, and one or both parties are dependent on their loved ones for fulfillment.
Sometimes taking a break and stepping away is essential to self care, so lets talk about being Boujee on a Budget!
Tomorrow marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM). This is a month dedicated to celebrating, recognizing, and sharing the culture, histories, and societal impacts of the Hispanic community in the US.
Forgiveness I think has gotten a bad connotation, forgiveness isn’t for the benefit of the attacker, assailant, wrong party, or whomever, forgiveness is and always will be for my/your/our benefit.
We often think of consent solely in relation to sex, but consent impacts our day to day interactions. Consent determines how we communicate, listen, empathize, and connect with others.
I’ve tried to avoid the situation too long. I want to release what is holding me captive in my mind because a prison of the mind is worse than any prison behind bars.
In this op-ed, Kelli Owens, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, explains why she wants you to help stop teen dating violence.
Lately, it seems like I have been obsessed, OBSESSED with becoming a dad. No, not a real dad, (I’m nowhere near ready for that), but a dog dad. However in my momentary, although consistent and frequent lapses in rationality, I tend to romanticize what it would be like to be a dog dad.
Clothes are not consent. Clothes have never been consent. Clothes will never be consent.
Can I just say #thestruggle is real? I have been on the hunt to find extra and new activities to help me feel bold and confident.
How is rape normalized in our culture and society?
Music, television, internet, and almost every means of communication that exists.
The victim is focused and blamed instead of the aggressor.
The subject is mocked.
It is encouraged through “machismo.”
The survivor is not believed.
Speaking outside the family and home is prohibited.
On April 22, 2020, Vanessa Guillén disappeared from the Fort Hood, Texas base. The question is the following, how does a person disappear from the military base overnight?
Effective communication is a necessary skill in life because it helps us establish and maintain healthy relationships. Healthy relationships allow us to live longer more fulfilled lives, by creating less stress, stronger connections, and even having a positive impact on your career.
Millennials, have you completed your census this year?
I was born in 1990 and I’ve been head of my household for two censuses now. Yet, I have to admit 2020 is the first year I am actually filling out the census. I also have to admit, even though I am sharing what I’ve learned from my research of the census; I personally only filled out the census for future generations of my family. 100 years from now, I want my great-great-grandchildren to be able to look back and expand upon their family tree.
Why didn’t you report?
Those words echo through the crowd, the friend group, the strangers across social media… “Why didn’t you just report? Why did you wait so long to say something?
This is a translated guide from Dr. Maricela Becerra on how to talk to your family about what is going on with #BlackLivesMatter. It covers some basic ideas, definitions, and phrases that commonly come up when people don't quite understand the protesting and anger.
As we get closer to a prominent, though lesser-known day in American History (Juneteenth); I felt it was important to have a discussion on an argument I’ve reluctantly listened to and been a part of. It even feels more relevant because there has been an influx in racist Tik Tok content and now some white women believe the name “Karen” is racist and just as bad as other racial slurs.
I was born into a culture where social distancing wasn’t a thing. A culture where everything was celebrated with everyone, especially with families and friends. A culture where everyone, no matter how you’re related or where you’re located, came together and supported you during your time of need.
There is no good way to start this, but our hearts are aching for George Floyd and the many Black people that have lost their lives at the hands of racism and unjust systems of oppression. As a Center, we are outraged and hurting. I do not think words can fully explain how the community is processing and feeling right now, but this ends with us.
I really want to know what makes my life less valuable than yours.
I do not think you understand the pain, I feel.
The Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title IX, is composed of only 37 words, but fundamentally changed how federally funded schools responded to sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
We can all go from wherever we are to wherever we want to be. No dream is impossible provided we first have the courage to believe in it.
Here is how you can do that—13 ways to improve your life...
History, year-round, should consist of different experiences, world views, and not just the stories of the white “victor.” Incorporating different histories year-round allows us to better create communities that protect and uplift all people.
You may be thinking at this point What does a heritage month have to do with sexual violence, prevention, or mental health? Short answer, everything!
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